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“Harvest Sunset”

by Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

Red gold of pools,
Sunset furrows six o’clock,
And the farmer done in the fields

And the cows in the barns with bulging udders.
Take the cows and the farmer,
Take the barns and bulging udders.
Leave the red gold of pools
And sunset furrows six o’clock.

The farmer’s wife is singing.
The farmer’s boy is whistling.
I wash my hands in red gold of pools.

“How beautiful leaves grow old.

How full of light and color are their last days.”

– John Burroughs

“Then summer fades and passes and October comes.  We’ll smell smoke then,
and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation,
a sense of sadness and departure.”
–   Thomas Wolfe

Autumn Day

by Rainer Maria Rilke

 (translation by Edward Snow, 1991)

Lord: it is time. The summer was immense.
Lay your long shadows on the sundials,
and on the meadows let the winds go free.

Command the last fruits to be full;
give them just two more southern days,
urge them on to completion and chase
the last sweetness into the heavy wine.

Who has no house now, will never build one.
Who is alone now, will long remain so,
will stay awake, read, write long letters
and will wander restlessly up and down
the tree-lined streets, when the leaves are drifting.

 
 

 “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”  – John Muir

 

 

Autumn Chill

“When I speak
My lips feel cold –
The autumn wind.”

–   Basho

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I remember
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Jimmy Margulies
The Record
Jan 7, 2011
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